Losing My Religion: Why People Are Really Leaving the Church (It’s Not What You Think)

A new report from Pew Research shows that religion is losing ground as more people drop out of church.  According to the report…. The shrinking numbers of Christians and their loss of market share is the most significant change since 2007 (when Pew did its first U.S. Religious Landscape survey) and the new, equally massive survey of 35,000 U.S. adults. The percentage of people who describe themselves as Christians fell about 8 points — from 78.4% to 70.6%. This includes… Read more

More Sex Doesn’t Necessarily Increase Couple’s Happiness, New Study Finds

Despite what many popular authors propose, a new study finds that more sex does not necessarily lead to greater relationship satisfaction. In fact, in the particular study, couples who had more sex at the researchers request experienced a slight decrease in both sexual and general relationship satisfaction.  In the words of the authors of the study… “The couples instructed to increase sexual frequency did have more sex. However, it did not lead to increased, but instead to a small decrease,… Read more

Be Not Afraid: God’s Plan for The Fulfillment of All Your Deepest (and even Darkest) Desires–REVEALED!

The following is adapted from my forthcoming book, Broken Gods:  Hope, Healing, and the Seven Longings of the Human Heart which looks at the longings that drive our deepest and even darkest desires and how God wants to use those longings to reveal his plan for our ultimate fulfillment.  It is available NOW for pre-order! Christians have a complicated relationship with desire.  We desire many things, but so often our desires get us into trouble.  They can wreck our lives,… Read more

Is Religion Important To Happiness? Studies Expose Divide Between Perception and Reality

A new study revealed that people’s view of what’s necessary for happiness has changed significantly since 1938. Researchers  found that in 1938 security, knowledge and religion were seen by participants as being the three most important aspects of happiness. In 2014 security was still in the top three, but good humour and leisure were in first and second places. Religion, which was seen as the third most important factor in 1938, had fallen to tenth (and bottom) place in 2015…. Read more

The Pope Said WHAT About Marriage?!? Here’s the Surprising Truth About the Catholic Vision of Love.

On More2Life Radio, Lisa and I often remind our listeners that “God wants to change the world through your marriage!”  In fact, the other day on the blog, I did a post titled, “Want to bring the world to Christ?  Strengthen Your Marriage!” Yesterday, in his weekly Wednesday address, Pope Francis took up this very theme… Pope Francis also reflected on another characteristic of marriage: the choice to “marry in the Lord.” This decision, he said, carries with it a… Read more

7 Surprising Ways to Free Yourself from Guilt (And Discover God’s Plan for Your Ultimate Fulfillment)

The following is adapted from my upcoming book Broken Gods:  Hope, Healing, and the Seven Longings of the Human Heart.  It is a book that explores the seven divine longings that hide behind our deepest and even darkest desires and those longings point to God’s plan for our ultimate fulfillment.  Coming out in June, it’s available for pre-order this week! It’s practically impossible to underestimate our capacity for making the same mistakes over and over again.  We commit the same… Read more

5 Ways Catholic Families Stand Out–Does YOUR Family Do These Things?

In anticipation of my wife and I speaking at the upcoming World Meeting of Families, I’ll be contributing a monthly feature at the Our Sunday Visitor Daily Take.  Here is my first installment that looks at 5 ways Catholic families are called to be different from other families. Are Catholic families supposed to be different? What would that difference look like? The Church has been considering these questions in earnest, especially in light of the upcoming World Meeting of Families and… Read more

Resolving Sexual Conflict–A Spiritual Response

Research shows that about 80% of couples experience some degree of conflict related to mismatched sexual desire.  Some couples manage this mismatched desire well while, for others, differences in desire can become a huge marital issue.  What separates between these two groups? Libido Not the Cause of Conflict It turns out that mismatched sexual desire may, by itself, not be necessary contributor to marital conflict.  New research suggests that it is the couple’s response to mismatched desire that matters more… Read more

Want to Bring the World to Christ? Strengthen Your Marriage!

People seem to think that working on their marriage is somehow self-serving or selfish. But the Theology of the Body reminds us that people aren’t converted by words and concept and arguments. They are converted by an encounter with the love the comes from God’s own heart–the free, total, faithful fruitful love Catholic couples are called to witness to in their dynamic, passionate, joyful, grace-filled marriage and family lives.  Couples don’t have to be perfect, but if they are committed… Read more

Attachment Parenting vs. Spiritual Detachment: Two Great Things That Go Great Together.

A guest blog by More2Life Radio Contributor,  Kim Cameron-Smith An acquaintance and I were recently chatting when the subject of parenting came up. I explained that I am an “attachment-minded parent”. He chuckled and said, “But we’re Christians.  Aren’t we supposed to be detached from created things?”  He was only joking (I think . . .), but he does raise an interesting question about the difference between the term “attachment” in developmental psychology and the term “detachment” in spiritual development…. Read more